TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --The father of shooting victim Trayvon Martin says he hopes Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law is changed to make it fair for everyone.
Tracy Martin spoke at a forum about the law at Florida A&M University Thursday.
Martin told the crowd he doesn't think the law is fair in "any way, shape or form."
"And that's not about being on the short end of an acquittal. That's just a parent, that's just an African American citizen seeing that this law doesn't apply to me and my community."
Florida's Stand Your Ground law allows people to use deadly force in public if they feel their life is in danger. Before the law was passed in 2005, people had a duty to retreat when faced with such threats.
The law's sponsor, Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, argued law-abiding citizens should not have to "lawyer up" and fear a jury trial in certain cases of self defense.
Tracy Martin says he doesn't think the Stand Your Ground law applies to him or people in the African American community, so he hopes state lawmakers change it.
"Hopefully that the law applies equally to everybody. Hopefully they can pass the law where you can't kill an unarmed child and go home and sleep in your bed that same night. Those are some of the changes that we're definitely looking for in this law. We're asking that some of the changes make it fair to everybody."
Two state lawmakers have filed legislation targeting the Stand Your Ground law.
One bill would make minor changes, including new guidelines for neighborhood watch groups, while the other proposal would repeal the law.